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Lisette Loves | Spiced Honeyed Almonds

Friday, 19 December 2014

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My favourite and simplest little winter snack, this is a gem from The Simple Things, one of my favourite magazines. I thought this would make a really nice snack for visiting family and friends, a stocking filler or even a little place settings at the Christmas dinner table. As the name of the magazine suggests.. it is simple. But daaaayum it is good. All you need is:
- 100g almonds
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- a pinch of cloves
- a pinch of dried ginger
- sprinkle of sea salt
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius, mix the honey and spices together in a bowl, add in the almonds and spread over some baking parchment. Sprinkle with salt and bake in the oven for 15 minutes and leave to cool. That's it! It's ridiculously simple, thank you to The Simple Things for letting me share their recipe with you lovely lot. Let me know if you give it a go too?
Love Lisette x
the simple things honeyed almonds

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Happy Thursday y'all! Man I am so glad that I only have 3 working days left before it's time to head home and let the festivities begin. I'm sat here munching away on my honey and Christmas spiced almonds. I've even had a day and a half off this week (using up the old holiday) and I still haven't managed to get my main Christmas shopping done yet! I'm really looking forward to spending a festive girly weekend in London with my housemates. This week I am thankful for:

Slowing down :: I've been making a real effort to try and slow down, stop being so stressed by life and appreciating the simple things. I've found that solo lunch dates have really made a difference in my working week. Also taking time out to appreciate the lovely people that I work with.

Quiz winning :: I was captain of the quiz team that won Martin Lewis' impossible quiz at the Christmas party, it was amazing fun

Mojo regaining :: I feel like I'm really getting my blogging mojo back, the inspiration is coming on thick and fast and I have a fair few posts lined up for the next week, I'm excited to share them with you

Chess matches :: I know - I am rock and/or roll. Me and Irish had an amazing lunch on Saturday accompanied by a heated game of chess. Yes, heated. I think I've found something I need to beat him at!

I am really, really looking forward to spending the weekend soaking up the festivities of London. What is everyone else thankful for this week?
Love Lisette x

Lisette Loves | Cherry & Pistachio Bread

Saturday, 13 December 2014

wayfair bread recipe
The lovely folks over at Wayfair asked if I wanted to have a go at writing a little recipe up for them. After many bread related tears, and many failed yeast cultures (never thought I'd say that in a sentence) I finally made bread..*air five*. I tasted some pistachio and cherry bread as I was passing a bakery.. I've never found it again but it was the nicest thing I've eaten in a long while.. and I eat often.
If you want to go check it out the recipe is over there!
Love Lisette x

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, 11 December 2014

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Good evening chaps! So today is over and tomorrow is Friday.. Let's get our thankfulness ooooon. I've been very poorly this week - first time in years so I'm feeling a little bit sorry for myself. I have filled my room with tasty clementines (2for1 bags at Waitrose people) to cram in the vitamin c. I still feel like I have a lot to be thankful for this week just a few worth mentioning are:

{Skillshare} I've mentioned this many times in the last week. I just cannot get over it. It's a place where hugely talented people share their skills in video lessons. I have particularly been loving the photography or even instagram photography lessons. Well worth a watch. I want you to guess which of the 4 images above was taken before I found Skillshare..

{Nurses} Not the skilled NHS kind. But the sweet, lovely people around me who have taken pity on me and made me tea or food. I'm looking at you Irish. I'm very thankful that I had someone who wasn't worried about getting ill but just wanted me to be ok.

{Clementines} Little brightly coloured balls of happiness. They make it feel and smell like Christmas.

{Infused Honey} We had a small budget for secret santa at work. Now, I thought, I don't know my secret santa person very well so I can't get a really personal/perfect gift. I could buy something meaningless and fundamentally a bit shit OR I could try and give something original. I went with the latter and gave some infused honey a try - it looks gorgeous so I think I will be doing a blog post soon.

I hope that everyone else has had a lovely week - what is everyone else thankful for?
Love Lisette x

Lisette Loves | Skillshare

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Don't you just love those evenings you fritter away on instagram? A few months back I stumbled upon the enchanting instagram of photographer Marte Marie Forsberg - a Norweigan living in the English country side. As I peered over my instagram last night I noticed that she had announced a photography class with Skillshare. I had never heard of Skillshare before but I galloomphed over to my laptop and pulled up her photography class. This is a site which unites people across the globe and has online classes - some of which are free I think and you can get the first month free - for literally any skill you could possibly imagine. (no this isn't sponsored!)
It was delightful to put a face and voice behind this beautifully curated instagram feed - it left me wanting to know more and more about her story. A really inspiring lady. It was enchanting to watch and the nosy-as-hell blogger in me was delighted to get a glimpse into the world of someone else's photography. Whilst our blogs are such a fun way of documenting and sharing recipes, photos and memories with the world it is quite an isolated hobby. It largely consists of us standing on chairs and craning to get the perfect shot. I would love to see some more of my favourite bloggers give us some 'behind the scenes' shots so we can understand (and giggle about) the method and hard work behind our photography.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did - go leave her some nice feedback if you enjoyed it?
Love Lisette x

christmas gift guide

Tuesday, 9 December 2014


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Every Tom, Dick and Stanley seems to be coming out with gift guides at the moment - all of them feature potential gifts that theoretical people could receive or buy. I thought - hang on a minute.. surely a gift guide should feature things I would be delighted to receive? It would be really easy for me to pick out things that I could purchase for any nameless face with miscellaneous interests. Before I sat down to write this post I honestly didn't have a clue what I wanted when my mum asked me so after much brain wracking - here are the things I came up with. I'm also going to tell you why I think they are a good bunch'o gifts. Let me know what you think? Love Lisette x

Travel Bags :: Off to an exciting start.. I'm one of those 'dull' people who genuinely likes receiving practical gifts. Travel make up and toiletries bags are ideal if you're always travelling - funny that. The clear ones are even more useful because you can see where everything is in the bag. #Glam

Simple ring :: As a lover of simple things I tend to go for geometric, silver jewellery. I think it's important to invest in precious metals because I hate the green fingers I get from metal rings. Cos do a really lovely selection of 'classic' pieces, whether it's hexagons, circles or triangles that get you hot under the collar you're bound to find something there.

Plants :: Gosh.. this really does seem like a boring list. Living in rental accommodation means that decorating is limited (to 'no decorating') so I prefer to spruce up my room with greenery. Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while knows of my attachment to 'cheese plants'. I miss them and I'd love to have one to add to my room.

Card Holder :: Living in London has given me the 'need' for things which I never previously needed. Things like an unlimited supply of antibacterial hand wash, antisocial over ear headphones and this latest one. Card holders. I hate faffing trying to find my oyster card/ work card so why not have it looking all fancy? I had a plastic card holder.. it's broken. Investing in leather has my thumbs up.

Etsy trinkets :: If you haven't heard of Etsy have you been living under a rock?! it's an online marketplace for crafty sorts. If you want to support the independent shops you can look no further. I loved the idea of a silver necklace which looked like a wax seal with a 'L' on it. Frankly, L is a pretty ugly letter to look at. I did find this little beaut with an old favourite saying of papa h's - what goes up must come down.

Bumble and Bumble :: Let's face it. It's bloody expensive. I had the Sunday shampoo back when I used to swim and I loved it. There's nothing I've found that cleans hair like it. But it is many many queen dollars, £15-£20 which is a similar cost for my weekly oyster card. I can't justify it.. unless it's a present!

Phone Case :: Always a great little stocking filler/ something I keep forgetting to buy myself. When I got my new phone I just ordered a rubbish £1 case from ebay until I could pick a fancy one. I love the ones on Etsy, they are the only place I've bought phone cases from in 4 years. Dedication!

Magazine Subscriptions :: There are a couple of magazines that I always come back to. The Simple Things and Kinfolk. Kinfolk in particular is a nightmare to track down in the UK so subscriptions to more niche magazines are interesting and helpful!

Comfy Shoes :: Could I get any more 'grandma-esque' with my plants, practical gifts and comfy footwear? Well this grandma wants to be rocking some snazzy Nike Free Run 5.0s. I am going to be doing some investigation because I can't justify the cost of the trainers, however I think I may be able to cut the cost by buying a 'juniors' size because they go up to a UK 6!

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, 4 December 2014

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Good afternoon folks. It really is, a good afternoon. Last night I hopped on a train back to the shire to get out of the city for a few days. I needed to recharge my batteries after a hectic few weeks and more grey hairs than I care to admit. It's strange being back in Warwickshire I'm sat tippytappying away on a laptop and the loudest noise (bar my tapping of course) is the ticking of a clock. I think that is what I miss most about not living in a city. The quiet. I'm straining to hear any other noises but honestly all I can hear is silence.. And it is lovely. I'm feeling very thankful at the moment, particularly this week I am thankful for:

{R&R} I was getting incredibly stressed out in my day to day life and it was high time I had a break. I actually haven't had a holiday away in over three years.. THREE YEARS.. so when people complain 'oh I haven't had a holiday this year'.. they are of course met by a withering look from me. I jest! But be thankful that you've had a holiday since before One Direction got big. I am thankful for the long weekend and the fact I have very little planned. That to me is perfect.

{Birthday cards} You know when you find the perfect card. I've had two corkers this week. One featuring a lama with a hair cut and the other a fox in a monocle with the tag line 'I come, I fox shit up, I leave'. It had me in stitches and couldn't be more perfect for the person receiving it.

{Cooking for someone} 'Say whaaa' - I can hear you thinking.  I don't find cooking for people a chore. I find cooking for Irish one of the most enjoyable things. Being in a relationship where the two of you aren't in the same city means that I just don't get to cook for him anymore. I am delighted that I get to cook for him tonight.

{Snowflake cutters} So lame I know. I did a ridiculous amount of research into what cookie cutters to get on the run up to Christmas as I wanted ones which gave that beautiful cut out effect which would look lovely hung on the tree. I picked these up mine on amazon and I love them.

I'm already feeling a little more relaxed and I'm hopefully going out for brunch with mumma h tomorrow as she also has the day off. That's just another thing to be thankful for but more importantly what is everyone else thankful for this week?
Love Lisette x

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to be graced with some beautiful weather, Irish and myself decided to head over to Oval farmers market. Grabbed a bokit - might be the greatest street food I've had yet - and a slab of red velvet cake. We wandered through the park nearby with leftover cake and a hot fresh apple and cinnamon juice on the go. I highly recommend the Kennington/ Oval area of London, the people we passed in the park were so friendly and said hello, the air seemed fresher, the buildings were beautiful and it really didn't feel like London. An odd thing to list as a 'pro' but bear with me. Both of us are country bumpkins and find the fast pace of London life gets a bit much at times. I like being able to go to a quieter corner of the city and revel in beautiful crisp winter days. I even made a furry little friend in the park - who knew squirrels were so fond of red velvet cake!
What is your favourite corner of London?
Love Lisette x
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Thankful Thursday

Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Good evening folks. Gosh I did not want to get out of bed this morning. But today is over and by this time tomorrow it will be the beginning of my weekend. Largely I am thankful that this week is nearly over - with Black Friday being a big deal at work it has been extremely crazy. However, I am very much enjoying the challenge. This week I am thankful for:

{my bestie} It was her birthday today. I am so thankful to have such a kind and considerate person in my life, I whole heartedly believe that she makes me a better human being.

{mash} I will never stop being thankful for this. It is sometimes the only thing that gets me through a stressful week.

{hot chocolate} I've spent this week perfecting the art of the old hot chocolate. I hope to be sharing some snazzy recipes sometime soon.

{team work} This week at work has been tough but I honestly think it would be a million times worse if the people that worked with me weren't so lovely. I'm really lucky to work with the people I do and I think it really shouldn't be underestimated.

I feel like I've not had enough time in a day recently to sit and be thankful so I've decided to sit down with a pen and paper this weekend and make a big long list of things I am thankful for.
What are you all thankful for - and to our stateside cousins.. Happy Thanksgiving!
Love Lisette x

..yes this was late going up.. but I have a good excuse. It was my besties birthday today

Let's talk:: Stress

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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The lovely sunset from my balcony at work.. yes there really is no filter on that!
Stress is something which I personally haven't come across as a topic of discussion amongst twenty something women (and men). You hear a lot about teenage anxiety and the stress of being a parent, but I found myself feeling rather lost. At 23 I'm meant to have my shit together. Let's not beat around the bush. Most people have a plan, most people are on a path to a great career, most people can fritter away money before the responsibility of mortgages and children - which seem like the distant future. I have news people. Most twenty something's I know, don't have their shit together. Some feel under huge amounts of pressure, some get sick from stress, some feel taken advantage of at work - because they haven't reached that age where professional complacency has kicked in.

I was in the bathroom at work the other day having worked through yet another lunch hour (my own choice I might add) and I found not one, not two but three or four white hairs. I am talking white, not grey, not natural highlights, white like a shakespearean witch. I nearly cried. Then I stopped and thought - hang on a minute - why am I going white? It's not genetic as far as I can tell which must mean there are chemical or environmental factors involved. I'm not a Dr, I'm not a psychologist and I'm certainly not a nutritionist, but from my research googling the most common thing which caused premature grey or white hairs was stress. This got me thinking - is stress something we as a gender, or age group need to discuss more frequently and openly? I feel lucky that I haven't lived my entire life in such a fragile and stressed state. It made me really concerned for the people I see around me in day to day life, people who are being ground down and their little lights extinguished by the huge cloud of stress and expectation.
Guys, if you're stressed eat good food, have a good cry, have a good sleep and talk to someone?
I know it's not a cure, and it's only my personal suggestion but don't let stress dictate your life. I would really love to hear from you all about how you de-stress and just generally your thoughts on this subject?
Love Lisette x